Exploring our collective economic history over centuries of time.
Conceived at the height of the European economic crisis, A (Micro) History of World Economics, Danced explores our collective economic history over centuries of time. Integrating stories of a diverse range of Angelenos with 300 years of global economic history, this work explores the community impact of the financial crisis. Previously only staged in Paris and Tokyo, Micro History of World Economics, Danced, will be presented by New York’s P.S. 122 just prior to Los Angeles performances. Our production assembles a 50 person cast of LA downtowners, blending professional and non-professional performers, including a 15-person chorus and the musings of an economist played by artist / activist John Malpede. The play was written and directed by Pascal Rambert, artistic director for the innovative Théâtre de Gennevilliers and an artist whose theatrical works are often presented worldwide. In 2012, Rambert’s ”Love's End" won the “Best New Play” award from the French Drama Critics’ Association. This project serves as part of LAPD’s larger aims to enhance the value of all of downtown’s dynamic neighborhoods through art. On Friday, Oct. 25 from 12-2pm, excerpts will be performed at downtown locations (including 707 W. Wilshire Blvd., 830 Flower Street, 900 S. Figueroa Street, and 717 W. 9thStreet,) in advance of the full production. All performances are free and open to the public. The project is funded by the Public Art Division of City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, The French-American Fund for Contemporary Theater, and The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.